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Katy Tur Startles Ali Velshi: 'We're Having A Baby!'

Sometimes it’s just fun to have fun, and Ali Velshi played right along with this one today after he got over his initial surprise.
During the handoff of Velshi & Ruhle to Katy Tur, Katy exclaimed, “We’re having a baby!”
That set Velshi back for a moment before Tur clarified that she was talking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they are having a baby in the spring.
The hesitation before she clarified was just a funny moment in what is generally unfunny television.
It was fun for me, anyway. Hopefully for you too.

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

CNN ran another Trump voter panel, this one made up of “independents” that voted for Trump, who now profusely regret their decision.
CNN’s New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota lead the panel discussion and five of them previously voted for Trump are now fleeing him as fast as they can.
Anthony Miles was up first and Camerota asked, “How are you feeling?”
Miles replied, “Afraid.”
“Of, what?”
He continued, “The dictator in the White House. He has no empathy for anything.”
When asked why he voted for Trump in the first place, he admits to getting bamboozled.
Miles replied, “He said the system is rigged and […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Democrats Must Expand The Supreme Court

“Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell straight-out stole the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia early in 2016, a seat that should have been filled by President Barack Obama’s nominee (Merrick Garland), liberals are unlikely to control the Court for at least another couple of decades,” Klarman writes. “As has been frequently noted, recently appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were nominated to the Court by a president who lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and were then confirmed by a majority of senators who represented minorities of the American population.”

Klarman endorses an […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Duncan Hunter is the guy who, indicted for campaign finance violations that include (allegedly) hotel rooms with five different “individuals”

Uh-oh, looks like Duncan Hunter cheated on his wife with “five separate individuals,” and used campaign cash to do so.He financed his extramarital affairs with donors’ cash. Can’t wait to see him blame his wife for this ordeal, too. https://t.co/vacNz28vEV
— Lauren Werner 🗽 (@LaurenWern) September 6, 2018

…threw his wife under the bus as the person who handled his finances while he attended to congressional business.
Then he told reporters to “leave my wife out of it!”
Then […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

This is not the first time Donald Trump has said something like this:
STAHL: You go out and you go to Mississippi….And you mimicked Professor Blasey Ford. You mimicked her.
TRUMP: Had I not made that speech, we would not have won. I was just saying she didn’t seem to know anything.
….STAHL: Do you think you treated her with respect?
TRUMP: I think so, yeah. I did.
STAHL: But you seem to be saying that she lied.
TRUMP: You know what? I’m not gonna get into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won.
Compare and contrast with Trump’s working motto:
People will just believe you. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

How this works: These forecasts are based on 50,000 simulations of the rest of the season. Elo ratings — which power the pure Elo forecast — are a measure of team strength based on head-to-head results, margin of victory and quality of opponent. Our CARMELO forecast doesn’t account for wins and losses; it is based entirely on our »
Design and development by Jay Boice, Rachael Dottle, Ella Koeze and Gus Wezerek. Statistical model by Nate Silver. Additional contributions by Neil Paine. Illustration by Elias Stein. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver Blog

It is Hilbert’s turn at stardom this week, and he obliged by jumping onto one of the new cabinets in our closet. As you can see, he was seriously contemplating a jump to the next level, something he’s successfully done before, but this time he didn’t have the energy. Instead he just himself plonked down and rolled over, displaying his magnificent belly for a nice tummy rub. And really, there’s nothing on the top shelf worth jumping after. No cat food, anyway.
And now, if you’ll look up a bit and demonstrate a wee bit more energy than Hilbert, you’ll see […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

A new ABC poll conducted by Langer Research Associates confirms the huge gender gap in Republicans’ handling of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation:
Only 35 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, 13 points behind men. And 58 percent want Congress to continue investigating him, 11 points more than men. These aren’t the biggest gender differences ever recorded on a political issue, but they’re pretty big, especially for something that’s opened a lot of raw wounds just a month before an election.
And I want to repeat something I alluded to a few days ago: Democrats shouldn’t be afraid to use this issue […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Those brutal Dodd-Frank bank regulations just keep tearing into Wall Street profits:
JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Friday that third-quarter profit jumped 24% as the bank’s consumer business helped it overcome weaker trading. Shares rose about 1% in morning trading after the results were announced. The bank reported a profit of $8.38 billion, or $2.34 a share. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected earnings of $2.25 a share.
David Lazarus reports that the financial industry’s whining in the midst of record profits is widespread:
The American Bankers Assn. has been running TV commercials patting various lawmakers on the back for supporting “much-needed regulatory […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Kim Wilson speaks with formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster about the black liberation group MOVE in the second part of episode 29. (Listen to Part 1 here).
MOVE’s Philadelphia home was bombed by a police helicopter in 1985. The attack killed eleven people—including five children—and resulted in the destruction of 65 houses in the neighborhood. There were only two survivors.
Ghani and Kim also talk about plans to rename Osage Avenue (the street where police attacked MOVE) for Mayor Wilson Goode—Philadelphia’s first black mayor, who designated the organization as a terrorist group and who pushed for the police attack.
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Thu, Oct 11, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog